Our Bundaberg office has been transformed with the use of our latest colour printing on glass technology. Over the last few months we have covered the topic of digital ceramic glass printing several times on this website. Our Bundaberg office located at 49/51 Enterprise Street, Bundaberg was due for a refurbishment, so G.James decided to put our printing capabilities to use creating a vibrant new façade for the building.
The Bundaberg Branch
The Bundaberg Branch was established in 1972 and is where former branch manager Geoff Thorne started his career with G.James. When Geoff retired in August 2012 he reflected on his time at G.James saying “When I started at G.James, this building was the best looking building in the street. Now that I am retiring, the building is again the best looking in the street”.
The Branch is now managed by Robert Astill and continues to service Bundaberg, Wide Bay & southern sector of central QLD.
The old office building was in need of refurbishment after many years of use. The new sales office and showroom features a fully glazed façade with glass spandrels ceramic printed with a full colour representation of the lush sugar cane that is common in the Bundaberg region. The façade fits with the character of the area, and puts a striking face on our sales office. Sunshades were also installed above the vision glass around the building, to help keep the north facing building cool.
The first step was to find a suitable image for the building. The Bundaberg staff were involved in selecting an image they would be happy to have on their office building. It was important to include the staff in the decision to make sure we created a building they were happy to tell friends and family about, as well as work in.
We selected the sugar cane image below, to be placed on a blue background.
Source image: 68cm wide X 50cm high @ 300dpi (8024px X 5940px @ 300dpi) at full size
The next step was to modify the image to maximise the printed effect over multiple floors. We created a concept render to ensure the image wouldn’t appear too busy or overbearing.
47 panels of artwork in total, 15 of those were corner panels
After the concept was complete, the G.James team scaled the image file to suit the CAD drawing of the Façade. This resulted in a very large image file requiring a couple of powerful PCs to do the processing work.
Bundaberg Building CAD Drawing – The front of the facade is 16.48m x 6.40m, the sides are 5.11m x 6.40m
Image and CAD drawing combined.
Each panel that required printing was then identified. The vision glass panels were excluded and we printed on a total of 47 spandrel glass panels.
Talk of the town
The façade has already attracted significant attention from those passing by, and has transformed our sales office into an exciting and unique advertisement for our business.
Keep your eyes peeled for another exciting transformation in the new year – G.James Cairns.
Who to contact
To find out more, please visit our glass printing gallery, or contact G.James Glass Sales on (07) 3877 2866. Our Bundaberg office can be reached on (07) 4155 4888.